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“When the woman you live with is an artist, every day is a surprise.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“‎I never wanted to have anything in my life that I couldn't stand losing. But it's too late for that.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
tags: love
“When you live with a woman you learn something every day. So far I have learned that long hair will clog up the shower drain befor you can say "Liquid-Plumr"; that it is not advisable to clip something out of the newspaper before your wife has read it, even if the newspaper in question is a week old; that I am the only person in our two-person household who can eat the same thing for dinner three nights in a row without pouting; and that headphones were invented to preserve spouses from each other's musical excesses.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“He is coming, and I am here.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“We are walking down the street holding hands. There is a playground at the end of the block, and I run to the swings and I climb on and Henry takes the one next to me facing the opposite direction. And we swing higher and higher passing each other, sometimes in synch and sometimes streaming past each other so fast that it seems we are going to collide. And we laugh and laugh, and nothing can ever be sad, no one can be lost or dead or far away. Right now we are here and nothing can mar our perfection or steal the joy of this perfect moment.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“It comes out so quietly that I have to ask her to repeat it: “It’s just that I thought maybe you were married to me.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“But you know: you know that if I could have stayed, if I could have gone on, that I would have clutched every second: whatever it was, this death, you know that it came and took me, like a child carried away by goblins.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“He made the boxes because he was lonely. He didn't have anyone to love, and he made the boxes so he could love them, and so people would know that he existed, and because birds are free and the boxes are hiding places for the birds so they will feel safe, and he wanted to be free and be safe. The boxes are for him so he can be a bird.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“I have a sort of Christmas-morning sense of the library as a big box full of beautiful books.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“There's always world enough and time.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“Of course.. some people, me included, believe that punk is just the most recent manifestation of this, this spirit, this feeling, you know, that things aren't right and that in fact things are so wrong that the only thing we can do is to say Fuck It, over and over again, really loud, until someone stops us.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“The pain has left but I know that it has not gone far, that it is sulking somewhere in a corner or under the bed and it will jump out when I least expect it.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“The hardest lesson is Clare’s solitude. Sometimes I come home and Clare seems kind of irritated; I’ve interrupted some train of thought, broken into the dreary silence of her day. Sometimes I see an expression on Clare’s face that is like a closed door. She has gone inside the room of her mind and is sitting there knitting or something. I’ve discovered that Clare likes to be alone. But when I return from time traveling she is always relieved to see me.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“I love you, always. Time is nothing.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“After my mom died she ate my father up completely. She would have hated it. Every minute of his life since then has been marked by her absence, every action has lacked dimension because she is not there to measure against. And when I was young I didn't understand, but now, I know, how absence can be present, like a damaged nerve, like a dark bird. If I had to live on without you I know I could not do it. But I hope, I have this vision of you walking unencumbered, with your shining hair in the sun. I have not seen this with my eyes, but only with my imagination, that makes pictures, that always wanted to paint you, shining; but I hope that this vision will be true, anyway.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“Home sweet home. No place like home. Take me home, country roads. Home is where the heart is. But my heart is here. So I must be home. Clare sighs, turns her head, and is quiet. Hi, honey. I'm home. I'm home.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“I sometimes end up in dangerous situations, and I come back to you broken and messed up, and you worry about me when I'm gone. It's like marrying a policeman.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“…she smiles in an exhausted but warm sort of way, as though she is a brilliant sun in some other galaxy”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“Everything seems simple until you think about it.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“Outside it's a perfect spring night. We stand on the sidewalk in front of our apartment building, and Henry takes my hand, and I look at him, and I raise our joined hands and Henry twirls me around and soon we're dancing down Belle Plaine Avenue, no music but the sound of cars whoosing by and our own laughter, and the smell of cherry blossoms that fall like snow on the sidewalk as we dance underneath the tress.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“We are often insane with happiness. We are also very unhappy for reasons neither of us can do anything about. Like being separated.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“The space that I can call mine.. is so small that my ideas have become small. I am like a caterpillar in a cocoon of paper; all around me are sketches for sculptures, small drawings that seem like moths fluttering against the windows, beating their wings to escape from this tiny space.. Every day the ideas come more reluctantly, as though they know I will starve them and stunt their growth.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“How does it feel?
I feels exactly like one of those dreams in which you suddenly realize that you have to take a test you haven't studied for and you aren't wearing any clothes. And you've left your wallet at home.
When I am out there, in time, I am inverted, changed into a desperate version of myself. I become a thief, a vagrant, an animal who runs and hides. I startle old women and amaze children. I am a trick, an illusion of the highest order, so incredible that I am actually true.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“The best love is the kind that weakens the soul, that makes us reach for more. That plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“one of the best and the most painful things about time traveling has been the opportunity to see my mother alive.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“Each moment that I wait feels like a year, an eternity. Each moment is as slow and transparent as glass. Through each moment I can see infinite moments line up, waiting. Why has he gone where I cannot follow?”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“Mama said, "Dreams are different to real life but important too.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“I sit quietly and think about my mom. It's funny how memory erodes, If all I had to work from were my childhood memories, my knowledge of my mother would be faded and soft, with a few sharp memories standing out.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“My head is throbbing. I need coffee. Leaving the marbled papers in a state of controlled chaos, I walk through the office and past the page's desk in the Reading Room. I am halted by Isabelle's voice saying, "Perhaps Mr. DeTamble can help you," by which she means "Henry, you weasel, where are you slinking off to?" and this astoundingly beautiful amber-haired tall slim girl turns around and looks at me as through I am her personal Jesus. My stomach lurches. Obviously she knows me, and I don't know her. Lord only knows what I've said, done, or promised to this luminous creature, so I am forced to say in my best librarianese, "Is there something I can help you with?" The girl sort of breathes "Henry!" in this very evocative way that convinces me that at some point in time we have a really amazing thing together. This makes it worse that I don't know anything about her, not even her name. I say "Have we met?" and Isabelle givs me a look that says You asshole. But the girl says, "I'm Claire Abshire. I knew you when I was a little girl," and invites me out to dinner. I accept, stunned.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
“But now, I know, how absence can be present, like a damaged nerve, like a dark bird.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife

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